GCL South Basketball Games On As Scheduled


Posted on 1/12/2016 at 12:10 p.m.

Elder-Oak Hills Highlights Non-Conference Games Set For Tonight

Despite today’s early snowfall that caused some Greater Cincinnati schools to be delayed and/or closed, the three basketball games involving Greater Catholic South Division teams are on as schedule tonight.  Highlighting the matchups is the annual neighborhood meeting between Elder and Oak Hills, both of which are ranked in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at Oak Hills High School.

No. 1 Elder (11-1), coming off its GCL South-opening win over La Salle last Friday night at The Pit, travels to No. 6 Oak Hills (8-3) in search of its fifth consecutive win in the series.  Elder defeated Oak Hills twice last season, winning 43-40 at Elder during the regular season and then taking a 51-41 win in the Panthers’ opener in the sectional tournament.  Oak Hills last beat Elder, 72-59, on December 13, 2011.

The Highlanders have played solid basketball all season.  Oak Hills’ losses are to Princeton, 48-45, in overtime; at Moeller, 42-39, in late December; and then last Tuesday at GMC member Lakota East, 55-45.  This is just the fourth home game this season for the Highlanders, who are 2-1 at Oak Hills.  Elder is 1-1 on the road, posting a 58-53 win at Walnut Hills back in December and then losing at Cooper, Ky., 47-45, one week ago.

The La Salle at Lakota West game tonight, another matchup between the GCL South and Greater Miami Conference, also features a pair of ranked team.  No. 5 La Salle(9-2), which is 6-0 against non-conference teams in Ohio, travels to meet No. 10 Lakota West (6-5).  Tipoff is 7:30 at Lakota West, which has won two straight games and three of its last four, including a 39-38 win at GCL South member St. Xavier last week.

No. 2 Moeller (11-1) looks to continue its strong early-season play at Western Hills (4-8) tonight.  Tipoff is 7:30.  The Crusaders, since returning from a holiday trek to Myrtle Beach, S.C., have defeated Covington Catholic and St. Xavier by a combined 30 points.  Moeller relies on balanced scoring, with five players averaging 7.3 points or more, with senior guard Trey McBride leading the team at 12.9 points per game.

St. Xavier is the lone GCL South team off tonight.